I know many months ago we had a discussion about the "saucer" style Omni-directional antennas produced by 1byone, and other companies. I've considered those for years because my location seemed suitable for that type of setup, and finally pulled the trigger on an open box Antop UFO Smartpass Amplified Outdoor Indoor HDTV Antenna (AT-414B) last week. It had fairly decent reviews on Amazon, Solid Signal and even is sold by Denny's Antenna service now so I figured it must have something going for it.
It arrived last Friday and I did some testing this weekend. I must say for what it is I was pretty impressed with the performance. I did determine that it doesn't like to be next to interior walls (likely because of the insulation, etc) so I just sat it in the middle of a room about 3 feet off the ground. From that vantage point I was able to pick up most of the Charlotte & GSP stations including WHKY, which I've never gotten before at all. Some broke up, but at 3 feet I wasn't expecting much. The only issue was WCNC.. it didn't pick it up for some reason, so I'm planning to try it out upstairs in my bonus room to get more height. If it gets WCNC then I believe it will be a keeper. My house has a very high roof line, so I'm going to try to mount it right on the roof peak near where my current antenna sits with a peak mounting bracket and a short antenna mast. That should get me about 24-30 feet of height vs the 15 or so I have now, and will make most of the major stations LOS.
This will solve a major headache for me. Up until this point I haven't been able to find a single antenna that could pick up both markets, and combining two antennas hasn't worked because both markets have stations so strong they "bleed" onto the other antenna. I guess if the upstairs doesn't prove conclusive I've got to find two highly directional antennas with great backside deflection and point one in each direction.